Brooks Atkinson Theatre

256 W 47th St Manhattanundefined

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The Brooks Atkinson Theater, originally called the Mansfield Theater, was constructed in 1926 by the Chanin brothers. It was designed by architect Herbert J. Krapp and has served as a center for live theater and television recording. Life in show business is never easy, and even the theater building had to fight for its own existence throughout the years.

In 1933 the then Mansfield theatre fell into disuse and remained until 1945 when Michael Myerberg leased it to CBS for television shows. When CBS took over, they injected life back into the building, which became the home of famous panel shows like What's My Line and I've Got a Secret.

In 1960, the theatre was renamed after the New York Times theater critic Brooks Atkinson and returned to use as a venue for live productions. Seven years later The Nederlander Organization purchased part-ownership of the Brooks Atkinson Theatre.

In 2000, the interior was redecorated and restored by EverGreene Architectural Arts, so that now the theatre is home to the original chandelier that had been removed in 1960 when the theatre stopped producing TV shows.

Since 1960 the theatre has hosted Broadway musicals such as The Iceman Cometh, Lolita, Jane Eyre, The Odd Couple, Grease and After Midnight.

To this day the Brooks Atkinson is a center for all things Broadway in Times Square.

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